Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you . . . the Lord shall rule over you.” (Judges 8:23)
This is what made Gideon a mighty man of valor. He knew the Lordship of his God and he knew that only the Lord was to rule over His people. The sinful nature of man desires to be ruled by man, instead of being subject to God. We, like ancient Israel, want to be governed like the rest of the world. This is the reason mankind is so easily duped by the tyrants of the world. We want to follow someone who will make our decisions and care for our needs without our having to take any responsibility for the results. Whenever we decide to choose a ruler who does not follow the Lord God, we are choosing a fool. Furthermore, we are likewise foolish. We must never sell out to convenience or a social stipend. This is the cause of the welfare of our day. Instead of following the Lord, we want to be led by man. Therefore, we need some Gideons. We need some mighty men of valor.